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Man sentenced for slaying son of international war crimes prosecutor in St. Paul

ST. PAUL — A St. Paul man who gunned down the son of a chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will spend decades in prison.

Despite his defense attorney’s efforts to get him less time, Kareem Karel Mitchell was sentenced to over 30 years in prison Tuesday, Oct. 2, for killing George Bensouda outside the St. Paul Saloon on Jan. 29, 2017.

Assistant Ramsey County Attorney Hao Quang Nguyen argued during the hearing that the “execution-style killing” was deserving of a lengthy prison sentence. Mitchell’s attorney’s had asked for a 20-year term instead.

Mitchell, 36, waited for Bensouda, 33, to exit the Dayton’s Bluff bar and shot him while he was falling and laying on the ground, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office reported.

Bensouda is the son of Fatou Bensouda, a lawyer at the Rwanda tribunal that prosecuted perpetrators of the 1990s genocide in the central African country before beginning her work with the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to one count of intentional second-degree murder in Bensouda’s death in February.

None of Bensouda’s family attended the hearing, but a letter was read aloud in court on their behalf about the impact of his death.